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Issued at 31/08/2015 7:05am. Valid till 1/09/2015 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
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Largest
Small
Trend
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Increasing
No change
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Time of day
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Time of day
10am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Anyone can head out backcountry when it's soft powder, but when it is hard an icy you need to plan it a lot more. Get to the N aspects first an look for the softening snow. If you stay too long the pack will become unsupportive. Be cautious around steep sided gullies and obvious terrain traps, these are places where wet slides can catch you out. If the snowpack is no longer supporting your weight, move to higher moderate and open terrain. Climax avalanches where the snowpack releases at ground, can be a possibility. Wet slides can travel significant distances.

Secondary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
10am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
With only a light freeze overnight wet slide activity will increase. Be cautious of terrain traps where significant quantities of snow may gather. Choose mid slope bowls that are wide and open. Stay away from areas where the snowpack is thinner. Rocky out crops and steep chutes at mid to lower elevation should be avoided. Be very cautious if the sun makes an appearance this afternoon.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
As we thought, wet slides and glide cracks a plenty in the backcountry. This will continue until winter conditions return.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
We are in a spring cycle. The surface of the snowpack is re-frozen, beneath this it is moist and soft. Our main concern will be if the snowpack becomes isothermic (unsupportive). If you encounter these conditions move to higher elevations. There is the possibility the snowpack could release at ground, an avalanche involving the entire wet snowpack is something you don't want to experience.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A cloudy day, occasional sunny patches throughout the day. Freezing level around 1800 m, dropping tonight. Winds light from the NE.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Its going to be firm this morning, have a sleep in and hit the slopes mid morning. Some S facing slopes may not soften at all, watch for a sliding danger in steep terrain, you all know why !

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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